May 21, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time in program history, the Ohio State women’s tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals. The Buckeyes, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, topped No. 6 Texas Tech, 4-0, Sunday for their 18th win in a row. Ohio State is 32-2 this season, setting the program record for wins in a season.
The No. 2-ranked Buckeyes will take on No. 6 ranked and No. 7 seed Stanford at 2 p.m. Monday in Athens in the semifinals.
The match, originally scheduled to be played outdoors at noon in Athens, Ga., was first moved up to 10 a.m. Saturday night, but weather forced delays and it was ultimately played at 4 p.m. inside in Atlanta on Georgia Tech’s courts.
“We came out strong in the doubles, it’s always a good thing to get that 1-0 lead going into singles,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “There were some really gritty performances; they are a very tough team to play against. We need to give a lot of credit to their program and what they’ve done.”
The Buckeyes won the doubles point with victories on courts two and three and picked up three straight set singles wins for the victory. Ferny Angeles Paz and Anna Sanford both won in singles and doubles.
“Lots of thoughts were going through my head but I was more just excited,” Buckeye junior Anna Sanford said of clinching the team victory with a win on court two. “We have worked so hard this year, on and off the court every day, just trying to do our best and I really wanted to do it for my teammates.”
In doubles, the Buckeye duo of Sanford and senior Sandy Niehaus defeated No. 69-ranked Felicity Maltby and Gabriela Talaba, 6-4, on court two. The senior tandem of Angeles Paz and Gabriella De Santis clinched the doubles point, winning 6-2 over Alex Valenstein and Alba Cortina-Pou. In a matchup of ranked teams on court one, the Buckeyes’ No. 18-ranked tandem of Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase were on serve with No. 26 Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici when play was called.
In singles, Angeles Paz notched a 6-2, 6-2 win on court six over Katelyn Jackson for a 2-0 Buckeye lead. Shortly after Kowase, who had trailed 3-1 in the first set, topped Sabrina Federici on court four, 6-4, 6-1, for a 3-0 Ohio State advantage. Sanford closed out the match. After taking the first set in a tiebreaker, Sanford claimed the second 6-4, serving for the win.
Angeles Paz improved to 24-2 this spring with her victory, the 99th of her Buckeye career. Kowase remains undefeated, notching her 26th straight victory. She is 34-3 overall on the year. Sanford moved her record to 16-9, with a 22-13 overall mark.
The Buckeyes were down a set in the three matches left on court, but were ahead or on serve in the second set on all three courts.
Athens or Atlanta? Doesn’t matter. @OhioState_WTEN def. Texas Tech, 4-0 at Georgia Tech and is moving on!
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— ITA Tennis (@ITA_Tennis) May 21, 2017
Texas Tech vs Ohio State
May 21, 2017 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Byers Tennis Complex)
#2 Ohio State 4, #7 Texas Tech 0
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) vs. #9 Gabriela Talaba (TTU) 4-6, 4-2, unfinished
2. #67 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. #58 Felicity Maltby (TTU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
3. #95 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) vs. Alex Valenstein (TTU) 6-7 (2-7), 2-0, unfinished
4. #91 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Sabrina Federici (TTU) 6-4, 6-1
5. #112 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) vs. Sarah Dvorak (TTU) 3-6, 5-5, unfinished
6. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Katelyn Jackson (TTU) 6-2, 6-2
1. #18 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) vs. #26 Sarah Dvorak/Sabrina Federici (TTU) 4-4, unfinished
2. Anna Sanford/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. #69 Felicity Maltby/Gabriela Talaba (TTU) 6-4
3. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Alex Valenstein/Alba Cortina-Pou (TTU) 6-2
Texas Tech 27-4; National ranking #7
Ohio State 32-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,4,2)
NCAA Championship Quarterfinal